Google topped the list of Glassdoor’s 2014 Top 25 Companies for Compensation & Benefits, followed by Costco Wholesale and Facebook.
Using survey information from its 23 million users, Glassdoor created this list with company review data written between April 2012 and April 2013. To be included in the list, a minimum of 25 employees from a company had to write a review within that timeframe and an additional 75 employees had to complete the survey over the last year.
About 300 companies met the criteria. The top 25 companies are:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Southern California Edison
- Procter & Gamble
- Union Pacific
Technology companies made up 12 of the top 25 spots. Three of the top 25 companies were from pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries.
Though the five-point-scale that Glassdoor uses to measure the companies might make it look like there were some ties, these rankings were created using the closest tenth of a point. So companies that appear tied (like Google and Costco, each with a 4.4 star rating) are actually not.
For Costco, paying higher than other retailers and including an excellent health insurance plan, 401(K) match and stock purchasing plan for employees are among the reasons the company ranks so well.
Scott Dobroski, spokesperson for Glassdoor, told Forbes the salary information for the top three companies: software engineers at the No. 1 ranked Google average $128,000 a year. Costco, ranked No. 2, pays baggers and cashier assistants an average of $11.75 per hour and cashiers start out making $16.07 per hour. Software engineers at the No. 3 company, Facebook, make an average of $120,000 per year.
Compensation amounts and comprehensive health and wellness benefits were not the only factors at place for this survey. Other benefits like childcare, free meals, flex time, work-from-home options and paid vacation time or unique perks like company game days, onsite workout facilities and pet insurance also factored into the ratings.